It really is that false idea that "as long as the pastor is present everything goes ok"
Yep I fall into that stupid idea too!
During my absense 2 Sunday's in a row I was able to leave things in COMPLETE TRUST to two people
I introduce to you Mitch who is a GREAT volunteer in our high school ministry. This guy has been a huge joy for me to have as a volunteer & share some life with. He's a great attorney & has a HUGE heart for the kingdom. We've had some great conversations about life, marriage, ministry, law, teenagers, faith risks, kingdom mentality living & a ton more.
On one Sunday He taught our Theology class in the morning & our High School service that night. He stepped up as a volunteer, covered all the details with exact-ness & I knew our students were in trusted hands.
Another Sunday I invited a former student back to teach for me--Sergio Garces. I've known Sergio since he was 11 years old and now at 22 he is full on living for the kingdom. I had Mitch M/C the night and Sergio taught. Again another Sunday where I wasn't present but ministry was in trusted hands.
But both these nights these men had another 4-5 leaders around running our cafe, multimedia, set-up/clean-up & being with students.
I love our volunteers, leaders & people who care about the lives of teenagers enough to invest into them. Ministry cannot be done alone & healthy ministry cannot exist without healthy leaders who realize that "the pastor duty" is as much theirs as it is mine.
Love ya Mitch & Sergio!!!